Sunday, 29 December 2013

Pioneer Christmas 2013

We have had a very memorable Christmas this year.  On The morning of December 23rd following an ice/snow storm the power went out at our house...and almost every other house in our community.  At first it was kind of quaint so we brought lots of wood in for our wood stove and lit some candles and spent the evening playing cards and board games.  
The following day (Christmas Eve) I checked the power company website and it was estimated that our power would be restored at 10 pm that night.  We were disappointed that there would be no Christmas lights but we had pizza that I had made earlier and we cooked it in the oven of our wood stove and had our normal Christmas Eve party with relatives visiting in our house lit with candles.  Because we have our own well and our pump is power means no water.  Thankfully there is a fresh spring near our house so Scott and the boys took our truck and filled many 5 gallon pails with fresh water for drinking, heating on the stove for washing dishes etc, and additional water to fill the back of the flushes so that our bathrooms were still useable (but not the bath or shower).

We went to bed Christmas Eve hopeful that the power would be on for Christmas morning.  What we didn't know was the damage from the ice/snow was so severe that power crews working around the clock were barely making progress.  Many homes had electricity as their only source of heat so those homes were in danger of having their water pipes freeze and break, and people desperately tried to set up portable propane heaters to try to keep warm and prevent damage.  We were warm at our place with 2 wood stoves but we had to empty all food from our fridge and freezers and move it outside in coolers to prevent losing it.  Luckily my in-laws had the power restored to their house for Christmas Day so we went there for supper and showers.  
The phone lines were also down because of the ice covering all the wires so cell phones (only able to be charged in cars) were the only way to communicate.  As the third day with no power stretched on our local volunteer fire department went door to door to over 500 homes to make sure everyone was ok.  They set up warming shelters at the local fire department that had a generator for power.  It was so eerie to drive around our town and every home to be in darkness with no Christmas lights or street lights only the glow of candles or lanterns inside the houses.
By the fourth day with no power...and the power company website reporting that power could possibly not be restored for another 5 days, I was really upset.  I thought I was quite resilient but it just felt so ominous and with darkness coming at 5 pm the nights were long.  Strangely Facebook became the way people in the community kept up to date with the changing situation. People who had their power restored offered their homes to anyone who needed showers or a place to warm up.  People with wood cook stoves baked turkeys for Christmas dinners...some were even cooked on barbecues.  Finally our power came back on December 27th at 1 am.  I was so relieved I sat down and had the biggest glass of red wine ever to celebrate.  There is another storm forecast for Monday so I am crossing my fingers that we don't lose power again.  In spite of the problems the weather has caused it is so beautiful outside with all the snow and ice.  We will definitely never forget this Christmas.

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Definitely a White Christmas around Here

We have had 2 storms in a week and really it couldn't get any Christmasier(is that a word)?

I can't even complain about shovelling the path as the snow was so light and fluffy.

My main problem with winter is I hate driving on snowy roads.  But I can't complain too much as I've been spending long days in my little yellow pottery studio and as you can see, it's not too far from the house.

Now with the last pottery orders sent on their way, I've closed up my studio until the New Year and am busily trying to get some last minute Christmas preparations done.  Oh and next year....I'm going to start knitting Christmas gifts much, much earlier than December (yeah right).

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Yarn Along December 18, 2013

Joining with Ginny today for Yarn along where you post a picture of what you are reading and what you are knitting.  These heart mittens will be tucked into a gift for my youngest son's girlfriend.  You have to be nice to these girlfriends as they just may end up as your daughter in law! It is just a basic mitten pattern with a little heart added from a free heart chart I found on Ravelry.  The book "The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison is our book club's January selection...I hear it is very suspenseful but I've just started it so we'll see!

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

10 on 10 December 2013

Joining with Rebecca today for 10 on 10 where you snap 10 pictures throughout the day.

Suddenly the Christmas season is here so today was spent tidying up the house and decorating.

# 1 Our old barn
#2 My mother went to her attic today and gave me these 1960's Christmas balls...I remember putting these on the tree when I was young

#3 The last pottery order before Christmas went into the kiln today

#4 A bit of snow made the outdoor lights look festive

#5 Love this little gnome

#6 Windowsill over the kitchen sink all decorated

#7 There is an old Kmart price tag still on one of these much...88 cents!

#8 New sock yarn

# Giant egg

#10 Yellow door

Friday, 6 December 2013


So it's been awhile....I'm going to give you a quick recap of the last 2 weeks around here;
Cameron came home for the weekend to celebrate his 22nd birthday, yikes that is how old I was when he was born.

Both sons and their girlfriends spent one evening making gingerbread houses.

We played crokinole ?  Have you heard of it..or is it a Canadian thing? It's fun..and oh so competitive.

The finished gingerbread houses...they lasted one day until the dog stole two off the table and ate them while I was working in my studio.

My aunt and I and the husbands went to Freeport, Maine for a weekend of Christmas shopping.

I made some new soap to honor Movember.

This is the extent of my Christmas decorating so far.

The weather was beautiful and so warm...

Then the following day I woke up to this....which is also beautiful but not warm.

My studio looks like this as I frantically try to get the last of the ?Christmas orders shipped out.  On that note I was at an art sale last weekend at a nearby university and a woman was browsing my pottery mugs...she liked the owls, birds, and bunnies I carve into my pottery..then as she was leaving she said..."I can't believe you don't do anything with platypus"! Seriously?  Are platypus the new owl?  So funny, my sister and I cracked up.  What's happening in your part of the world

Friday, 15 November 2013

On Being a Martyr

Today I'm frantically cleaning my house and setting up pottery on every surface in preparation for my annual Christmas pottery sale/open house.  My studio is quite small so I have to set up in the house which means the dog hair and dust have to go.  In the past when my mother would ask if I wanted her to come over and help me get ready I would decline thinking I really shouldn't ask anyone else to clean up for me...this year I decided to take Mom up on her offer.  She arrived this morning...and washed my windows..they look amazing..then she dusted every surface while I did the floors..I could get used to this.  Next time she asks if she can do something..."hell yeah" will be my response.
Someone is not impressed with his nap time being disrupted and the chaos, and vacuuming...but mostly because his dog bed is in the washer and he has nowhere soft to sleep.

Monday, 11 November 2013

10 on 10 November 2013

Joining with Rebecca at "A Bit Of Sunshine" today  for 10 on 10 where you snap 10 pictures throughout the day.

#1 We woke up to a bit of snow

#2 Gloomy morning

#3 Crabapples

#4 Kiln loaded..preparing for my Christmas sale next week at the studio

#5 Sleepy kitty

#6 Bread baking

#7 Waterproofing boots

#8 Someone wants in

#9 Pizza in cast iron

#10 Clay order arrived

Thursday, 7 November 2013


Well I knew the beautiful Fall weather couldn't last forever and this week it's starting to feel a lot more like winter.  There has been a skim of ice on the skating pond in the morning and I had to dig out the car windshield scraper...but no snow...yet.  With the time change last weekend it gets dark at 6 pm, which leaves long evenings for this

And supper looks like this:

The screens and Adirondack chairs on the verandah have been replaced by this:

The season of flannel has returned to our bedroom:

I hate to admit it but I'm not really dreading Winter....but check back in with me in February...I'll probably change my mind.

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Yarn Along October 2013

Joining today with Ginny of Small Things for Yarn Along where you post a picture of what you are reading and what you're knitting.  I've started knitting a few Christmas presents including this "Humping Deer Hat" by Alysania on Ravelry for my nephew....I hope his wife lets him wear it.The hat uses the fornicating deer chart by Anne Rutten.  It is fun to knit and will probably get some funny looks when my nephew wears it I'm sure.

I'm also loving this book, it's historical fiction and the story captivates you as soon as you start reading.  

Thursday, 10 October 2013

10 on 10 October 2013

Joining with Rebecca  today for 10 on 10 where you take 10 photos throughout the day.

Today was a beautiful, busy, sunny fall day....also my husband's birthday.

Here is my set:

#1 Garlic Harvest

#2 Zinnia

#3 Last of the garden sunflowers

#4 Fall Leaves

#5 More leaves

#6 Salsa preparations

#7 Homemade soap ready to cut into bars

#8 Birthday gift

#9 A little outdoor knitting.....while the dog napped.

#10 Birthday cake